Prison Officials Investigating Shyne's Phone Records

The release of Jamal

"Shyne" Barrow's album Godfather: Buried Alive has hit a snag,

as prison officials claim the incarcerated rapper may have violated inmate rules

by doing business from the prison phones.

Officials took

Barrow’s phone privileges away today (August 16) and are now investigating

that rapper’s phone calls. If he is found guilty of violating the rules,

the victims of his 1999 shooting at Club New York will be able to sue for the

proceeds of the album.

Barrow is being

scrutinized over almost 100 phone calls that the state Department of Correctional

Services say are violations.

Under state laws,

prisoners are barred from calling cell phones, have calls transferred, conducting

business over the phone or calling unauthorized media contacts. Officials claim

Barrow did all things.

"If a call is transferred to a cell phone, we have no idea

who that call is going to or where that person is," Department of Correctional

Services spokesman James Flateau told the Associated Press. "In a post

Sept. 11 world, we'd like to know who inmates are talking to."

In addition to his phone privileges, Barrow is barred from face-to-face

interviews as well.

Barrow was sentenced

to a ten-year prison term for his role in the shootout that wounded three bystanders

were wounded in the melee.

The rapper signed

a deal with Def Jam worth almost $3 million dollars. Godfather: Buried Alive,

sold almost 200,000 copies the first week.

The album is expected to land in the Top 5 on Billboard’s

Top 200 Albums chart.